Study in London finds wide area 20 mph limits have led to an INCREASE in average vehicle speeds
Hot on the heels of revelations that accident rates have increased in some City’s where wide area 20 mph speed limits have been introduced now comes news that average vehicle speeds may also be increasing.
The main objection to the York Councils £600,000 programme of 20 mpg speed signs has been that it would have little, if any,effect on driver behaviour.
If the effect is neutral then there would be little point in throwing good money after bad next year when a new Council would have to decide whether to pay for the signs to be removed (other than from accident blackspots and locations like school entrances where there is a higher risk of an accident)
If any of the following tests are not satisfied the – post Labour – Council would have little option than to consult residents about changing the speed limits back to the default 30 mph
- If accident levels on areas, with the new limit, increase
- If vehicle speeds on the roads increase
- If police enforcement time is diverted way from other locations with a higher accident potential.
The York Council has been reluctant to report on the effects that the wide area speed limit in the Bishopthorpe Road area have had.
A Freedom of information request will reveal whether average speeds have reduced and to what extent.
Residents will also want to know whether any of the, increased number of, serious accidents which occurred in the City last year took place on roads with a 20 mph limit. (Most accidents in the York area occur on trunk roads or are slow speed impacts in the City centre).
All in all it seems to be time for the Council to provide residents with more feedback on their controversial project..